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What clinical presentations are you seeing in Covid-19?

Many of us have yet to see a case. What is your personal experience?
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How common are multiple infections? [duplicate]

When people are sick and can't come to work, they usually say something like "I had the flue" or "I had diarrhea". So people seem to assume that if one disease is confirmed, all symptoms belong to ...
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Is it possible to get Covid-19 and have 0 symptoms along the complete journey and hence cure by yourself without knowing?

In this link, in the section How long is it between when a person is exposed to the virus and when they start showing symptoms? mentions Recently published research found that on average, the time ...
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Is it less likely to get infected by a second virus while fighting first?

By and large, when a person gets ill with eg. flu, it is sort of assumed at least by many people with no medical background in my vicinity, that the person won't get infected by another virus meantime....
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About Covid-19 affecting young and healthy people [closed]

I am amazed by the recent deaths by young and healthy people. The most recent that I've read is the one of Julie Alliot, 16-years-old. Which made me think, there must be something that went wrong, ...
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Does bleach have to be diluted to be more effective to kill virus?

This page Bleach claims Bleach is more effective at killing germs when diluted than when used straight out of the bottle. this other page (Spanish) Alcohol and Bleach are more effective against ...
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Why recovered patients develop lung disease due Covid-19?

In this link https://www.dw.com/en/covid-19-recovered-patients-have-partially-reduced-lung-function/a-52859671 we can see Now researchers in Hong Kong have said that recovered coronavirus ...
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What are the red bumps in my throat? Please help me! [closed]

I apologize if you find the pictures gross or disgusting. I am not a medical person at all. English is not my native language and I have a problem expressing medical terms in English. As you can see ...
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Could a drug used to treat patients of a infectious disease be used preventively in possible asymptomatic patients?

According to Japanese flu drug reportedly shows promise against coronavirus in clinical trials A Japanese drug used to treat new strains of the flu has shown promise in being effective against ...
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Is a nightly curfew an effective intervention strategy for limiting the spread of an infectious disease?

The governing bodies of several geographic areas hit by disease outbreaks will sometimes impose a nightly curfew on their citizens, restricting or limiting the ability of their citizens from going ...
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Pandemic: what is the term for the phenomenon of diffusion of tests and the spreading of the virus itself?

Context: from the "discovery" of the virus to its spreading Before the discovery of sars-2 people died from sars-1, flu or pneumonia. On the one hand, we have a new, previously unknown virus that is ...
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Can the Coronavirus be spread via public toilet seats?

I would like to know if it has been proven or disproven that the Coronavirus/COVID-19 can be spread via public toilet seats? I am thinking that perhaps I should always carry around hand sanitizer ...
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Will taking antihistamines increase someone's risk of getting ill? [closed]

If people take antihistamines, I suppose their immune system becomes suppressed (it needs histamines to work properly). If their immune system becomes suppressed, their body will react suboptimal to ...
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Can coronaviruses be transmitted via banknotes?

When possible I avoid paying by cash and use contactless payments as much as I can, especially as of late. However, some outlets won't take card payments so cash exchange is inevitable. I am worried ...
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Are motorcycle helmets effective in preventing Corona?

Can a full-head helmet with the visor closed prevent getting infected by the Corona virus during a casual interaction with a carrier? For example, when buying something at a store or discussing ...
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Does COVID-19 have a case fatality rate of 41%? Is this formula correct?

According to the data on the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracker, as of 3rd February 2020 there were 17491 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally, 536 total recoveries and 362 deaths. From my non-expert ...
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How do you distinguish between “cure” and “recovery” in terms of medical terminology?

​‎I hear a lot of people using the words "cure" and "recovery" interchangeably. Are these two words interchangable in epidemiology? What's the difference between these two in terms of medical ...
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Might the coronavirus be transmitted by packages shipped from China? [duplicate]

There is currently a coronavirus outbreak in China. I order many packages from China, mostly electronics parts. I see that I have dealt with distributors on Aliexpress from Wuhan, the coronavirus ...
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Viruses evolving in less dangerous forms

My question could be naive, but I was not able to find an answer. I have read at several places that viruses tend to evolve to less dangerous forms (HIV for example), se they do not run out of hosts, ...
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What is daily sedation interruption for ventilated patients?

I was reading about ventilator bundle here and came across this term called Daily Sedation Interruption. Does this term mean break in giving the sedation drugs? How can this help in reducing the ...
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How long can gastroenteritis stay silent?

I know that some infections can stay silent for days, even weeks. In one of my stories that I am writing, I have a patient who comes in with severe abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, and a high ...
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Do patients with VAE stay in ICU for longer time?

I was reading online that people when put in ICU under mechanical ventilation, can develop Ventilated Associated Events. What I would like to know is: does the stay in ICU increase for people who ...
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What would a medical NGO need to know to begin dealing with a viral pandemic?

Here's a hypothetical, fictional scenario, which I'm sure plenty of people working in this field have nightmares about, but which hopefully paints a meaningful picture for a very important question. ...
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How useful are incubation periods when making a diagnosis of an infectious disease?

Incubation periods are one of the many facts that we are expected to learn in medical school. However, I wonder how often they are used in diagnosing an infection because I do not think patients have ...
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Publication on the virulence of diseases which are likely transfered by used needles from addicts

There are many (work)places, where one could get pricked accidentally by a used needle which was thrown away by a careless drug addict. Which diseases are typically present on used needles is ...
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Father gets chickenpox, but doesn't infect his two children. How is this possible?

My brother in law got chickenpox, yet somehow he didn't infect my two nephews, even though they are living together. According to wikipedia, varicella has an infection rate of 90%: Varicella is ...
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Did the emergence of H1N1 flu in 2009 significantly increase overall spread of influenza in humans for future years?

According to the quick info on this search link: https://www.google.com/search?q=does+H1N1+flu+always+start+in+pigs&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b-1 H1N1 (swine) flu started with ...
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Is there scientific evidence that spacing out vaccines have any positive effects?

There are parents and doctors that agree to spread out their kids' shots. Supposedly it's easier on the baby (some babies experience fever or other ill reactions to vaccination). But I had a thought ...
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Why is it not possible to get HIV by touching a contaminated surface?

I was wondering if one could get HIV from basically touching a surface which has had viral DNA extract, serum, or blood on it; and then touching their (bleeding) pimple or acne, or any other open area ...
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Would it possible for me to get tested for past viral infection after vaccination?

I may or may not have a viral infection in the past and then I took vaccination for it. Would it possible for me to get tested for past viral infection? For example HPV virus using IGG test.
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How to clean a second-hand electrical shaver to avoid infections?

I remember a poster campaign advising against sharing razors and shavers because of infection risk with a disease (I think it was a variant of Hepatitis). I no longer find the campaign and don't ...
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Are any infectious diseases 100% fatal?

I know rabies was once considered 100% fatal, but now has some survivors due to the Milwaukee protocol. Are there any infectious diseases that have a 100% mortality rate?
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How can there be a level of HIV viral load that will make infecting others impossible?

I just read about a court case where someone was acquitted for "being dangerous to the surrounding" by having unprotected sex when diagnosed with HIV. The reasoning was that since this person was ...
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I have natural immunity to Hepatitis B. Do I pose risk to others?

Some time ago I was rejected as donor and received following rejection letter: Just wanted to inform you that there was a positive infectious disease result for Hepatitis B. Unfortunately, we ...
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What is the significance of “patients zero” in infectious disease beyond epidemiology?

A common focus of press releases following outbreak of a "new" infectious disease is the "patient zero", or first individual to show infection. Why? I can understand how epidemiologically it would be ...
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How can you disinfect your laundry?

Clothing can probably spread fungal infections (e.g. athlete's foot) from person to person. There's not a lot of evidence that clothing can spread bacterial infections. But Bloomfield et al. quote ...
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Does being infected protect one from further infection?

Does being infected protect one from further infection? Intuition for why it could be the case When one catch an infective disease, its immune system becomes more active which could eventually also ...
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How often are people vaccinated in the unlikely event of biological-germ-warfare (ex: anthrax and ricin)?

How often are people vaccinated in the unlikely event of biological-germ-warfare (Example: anthrax and ricin)? A few years ago, a few letters laced with anthrax and ricin were sent via mail to ...
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Can viruses be inherited?

In theory, any virus capable of infecting germ cells can plant its genetic load into the sperm/ova that will eventually become offspring. So are most viruses inheritable? Really, if your parents ever ...
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What Should Be The Precautions While taking Care of pneumonia patient?

What precautions should I follow while taking care of a pneumonia patient?
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Why are lower respiratory infections so prevalent in undeveloped countries?

As you can see here, lower respiratory infections are a major cause of death in undeveloped and developing countries, especially in central Africa. What are the primary causes of lower respiratory ...
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A diabetic contact of herpes zoster patient

Should a patient of herpes zoster who successfully take medications for a month (pain and rash disappear) avoid contact with a diabetic patient and what are the precautions when dealing with each ...
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What are the actual symptoms of the common cold? [duplicate]

Everyone knows (and passionately hates) the runny nose, coughing, sneezing, aching/sore joints, and the drowsiness associated with the cold. But these symptoms are just the body trying to get rid of ...
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How does variance in pH affect Candida Albicans?

This is a topic on which I have observed similar arguments lead to precisely opposite conclusions. Some people (health professionals/enthusiasts) claim that Candida Albicans (and similar species) ...
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Is drinking salt water to induce vomiting safe?

A couple of years ago I was on an expedition in Honduras, and was one of many in our team who succumbed to an unknown water borne infection that caused repetitive vomiting and other unpleasant ...
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Infectious disease in Tanzanian lowlands

people moving from the Tanzanian highlands, e.g. Usambara mountains, Kilimandjaro region, to the plains are quite often affected by a disease with the following symptoms: onset similar to malaria, ...
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Is E. coli contagious?

I have a girl that I'm seeing. She was just in the hospital about 2 weeks ago with an internal E.coli infection in her kidney (she had the other kidney removed due to cancer). She has been given a ton ...
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Multidrug treatment to prevent evolution of resistance

I was just reading an article in PLOS Medicine on the treatment of multidrug resistant TB. They suggest that treatments are more effective if a large number (more than 5) treatments are used ...
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Can ingesting a mosquito make you sick?

I just accidentally ate a mosquito. I am afraid, what if the mosquito just drank blood of a HIV infected person, will I get the infection too, or some other disease?
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Do Western Blot 'false negatives' eventually produce positives?

I've heard again and again that the Western Blot test, used to detect the presence of Lyme Disease, often produces false negatives. But I would suspect that at some point, whatever it is that Lyme ...